18 Submissions ( 40 %)
10 Decisions ( 22.22 %)
4 Submissions ( 44.44 %)
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Posted on September 25, 2011
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Matt Hughes Profile
Hughes began wrestling his twin brother at a young age, but it was at Hillsboro High School in Illinois where he really began learning the sport. Hughes took to the wrestling and the grind of trhe wrestling room almost immediately, and before he was done in high school he was a two-time 155 lb IHSA (Illinois High School Association) Class A state wrestling champion. Hughes went on to a junior college out of high school, and was listed on the NJCAA all American team. When he transferred to Eastern Illinois University to complete his last two years, he was listed on the NCAA Division I All-American Teams.
Along with his twin brother Mark, Matt began taking fights in mixed martial arts, and four fights in he had already finished 3 of his opponents. It was then Hughes squared off against another future UFC fighters Dennis Hallman, and Hallman was able to force the tap from Hughes in 18 seconds and hand him his first MMA loss. He continued fighting and he put together 18 straight wins, and out of the 18 he finished 14 of them.
It was in this stretch of time Matt Hughes took his first UFC fight. At UFC 22 Hughes would get his first win in the octagon over Valeri Ignatov by Decision. After 8 more wins he found himself in the Octagon facing off against Marcelo Aguiar, Hughes would win the fight by TKO late in the first round at UFC 26. After four wins outside the UFC, the UFC decided to give the 22-1 Hughes a crack at the only guy who had defeated him, Dennis Hallman. At UFC 29 Hughes and Hallman met for the second time, and much like the last time where Hallman had finished him in 20 seconds by submission, this time Hallman secured and arm bar in 18 seconds (besides Georges St. Pierre-he is the only person to beat Hughes twice.)
Hughes started fighting exclusively for the UFC at UFC 34 where he fought Carlos Newton for the welterweight championship. In the second round Hughes picked up newton and slammed him to the Octagon floor knocking him out cold. Hughes was now the welterweight champion, and he would go on to defend it 5 times. In those fights, He was able to finish Carlos Newton again, but also finished Frank Trigg, Gil Castillo, Hayato Sakurai and defeated Sean Sherk by decision.
Hughes then faced BJ Penn for the first time, and lost his welterweight belt via rear naked choke in round 1 at UFC 46. Hughes wouldn’t have to wait long to get his belt back, as he would pick up a decision win over Renato Verissimo at UFC 48 six months later, and he would be facing off against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 50 for the belt just four months later. Just ten months after his loss, Hughes was able to cinch up an armbar on GSP with just seconds left in the first round. GSP was forced to tap with just one second left in the round, and Hughes left the Octagon with the belt.
Hughes would defend the belt against Frank Trigg and win by rear naked choke for the second time, and he was scheduled to face Joe Riggs. Riggs didn’t make weight, and the fight became a non title fight which Hughes would be declared the winner. In a special fight that would welcome UFC Hall Of Fame member Royce Gracie back into the Octagon, Hughes would defeat the legend by strikes in the first round in a non title fight at UFC 60. Hughes was scheduled to fight Penn a second time for the title, but this time it was Hughes who would win the fight via strikes late in the third round to defend his title.
At UFC 65 in California, Hughes fought GSP for the second time, but early in the second round GSP landed a head kick that sent Hughes to the mat. After some punches from the top, the ref was forced to stop the fight and declared GSP the new welterweight champion. After a win over Chris Lyttle, and after some juggling because of an injury to Matt Serra, Hughes and GSP were scheduled to fight a third time. GSP had since lost the belt to Serra, and this fight would be for the interim title as Serra would be off the shelf for sometime. For a second time, Hughes was unable to deal with GSP, and GSP was able t0 secure an armbar that would force Hughes to tap with only seconds left in the second round. The fight was much like the first time they had met, but this time it was Hughes tapping while the clock wound down in the second round.
Hughes then dropped a fight to Thiago Alves at a catch weight at UFC 85 by TKO, but then went on a three fight winning streak that included wins over Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida. These three fights took over 3 years to take place, as injuries and time off over took Hughes schedule. Hughes last fought at UFC 123 against BJ Penn for the third time, but lost via knockout in 21 seconds into the fight. Hughes was scheduled to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 135, but a broken hand forced Sanchez off the card just weeks out from the fight. The rumor is Josh Koscheck will take the fight on short notice.
Some statistics worth mentioning about Matt Hughes, in 2010 he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, He has the most wins in the UFC with 18, He has the most successful welterweight title defenses with seven, he is tied with Tito Ortiz with the third most consecutive title defenses in UFC history with five, and behind Anderson Silva he has the most successful title defenses in UFC history.